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Liverpool Agree £22 Million Fee For Luis Suarez

luis suarez Liverpool Agree £22 Million Fee For Luis Suarez

Liverpool has announced that they have agreed a fee of up to £22 million with Ajax for the transfer of Luis Suarez, subject to the completion of a medical and agreement on personal terms.

The Uruguayan striker, one of the stars of the 2010 World Cup, has been the subject of intense transfer negotiations between Liverpool and Ajax for the past several weeks. The gifted striker will be a welcome addition to the forward line of Liverpool. Whether Fernando Torres will at the club to accompany him up front is still up in the air. But Suarez should fit in well at Anfield after having a successful career for four years in the Netherlands.

Recently Suarez has captured the headlines for the wrong reasons including allegedly biting an opponent.

I’m really looking forward to seeing Suarez play for the Reds. He was one of my favorite players to watch during the 2010 World Cup. Despite Luis Suarez’s blatant hand ball against Ghana, the Uruguayan is a passionate player who is perhaps best remembered for his beautiful curling shot he scored for Uruguay against South Korea, which was one of the best goals of the 2010 World Cup (skip to minute 11:00 to see it again).

If Suarez passes his medical and agrees personal terms, do you think he’ll be a good fit at Liverpool or not?

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29 Responses to Liverpool Agree £22 Million Fee For Luis Suarez

  1. Ringo says:

    Great move for Liverpool…even better if they retain Torres. I’m hoping Spurs will be able to lure the other half of the Uruguayan strike partnership to White Hart Lane for around 10m.

  2. FC Asheville says:

    Torres is going nowhere I’m sure. The FACTS so far, Suarez is a Red, LFC rejected a bid from Chelsea. That’s it. All the talk of Torres asking to move on is rubbish and speculation.

    LFC just got a lot more dangerous!

    Henry and Comolli, nice job! Great first signing!

  3. MADshanks says:

    I believe it to be a great move for Liverpool as we need more goal scoring threats in front of net. With his technique and finesse, I believe his placement on the field will allow more room for Torres as teams will now have to focus more on defending a clinical finisher besides “El Nino”. I highly doubt Torress will go anywhere and I believe the two will become an exciting duo to watch as both are clever on and off the ball.

    On a side note….I’m extremely excited to have him on my side in FIFA 11!

    GO REDS! YNWA!!!!

  4. Kimo C. says:

    Once they don’t qualify for Europe, they’re going to cash in on Torres this summer and the bid is going to be much less than the 50 we just offered.

  5. Kakistos says:

    This only makes sense to me if they sell Torres. If not, there will just be another lazy striker standing at the top, waiting for a pass that will never come. Seems like too much money for him. Also, isn’t Liverpool floating a 250 million pound debt? How does this deal work with that? They may make the Europa next year, but they have no chance for the CL, where is this money coming from if they aren’t selling Torres?

  6. Brian says:

    Man, how about sharing one of these strikers with your Merseyside friends in blue who need a quality striker asap

  7. Terry says:

    Suarez is definitely not worth 20+ million. I’d have taken Forlan who can be bought for around 10 million. Suarez had a decent World Cup and was terrific last season in Holland. I’m not sure he will be able to replicate his form in the EPL. Besides Van Nistelrooy, not many Dutch strikers have made an impact in England. This was a panic buy as Liverpool needed to do something big as no other transfers were in the offing.

    • YNWA says:

      Panic buy? They have been working on it for weeks. Forlan is 31 and the new owners said they were going to follow the Arsenal model of buying young.

    • brn442 says:

      Stay off the glue Terry. Besides the glaring fact that he’s not actually Dutch (but I get your point); Van Persie, Bergkamp, Hasselbaink – kinda made a modest impact in England ya think? I think 22 million is just about right – we will see in next few months if it was worth it.

      • Clampdown says:

        I seem to recall loads of Chelsea and Man U fanboys saying Torres wouldn’t make much of an impact either when he was signed by LFC.

        • Gaz Hunt says:

          I’m a life-long Liverpool supporter but I agree with the sentiments Terry is expressing.

          Suarez is a great player and will be a great asset to to club. He may even go down in history as being just as big a striker as Torres.

          I just feel we could have gotten a better deal.

          Oh, well. I guess that’s the market right now.

  8. DGS says:

    I figure if these moves happened earlier in the window, then there may have been a chance (Read: Only a chance) of Torres being sold.

    Now, you’d be asking them to sell Torres and then find replacements to buy with their new found cash in about 48 hours. Not gonna happen.

  9. trickybrkn says:

    can’t believe that no one has mentioned he can also be the back up keeper…

  10. Gaz Hunt says:

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2011/jan/28/luis-suarez-liverpool-fernando-torres-chelsea

    Is Suarez a good player to have to play with or backup Torres? Absolutely.

    Is Suarez a good player to replace Torres as the starting striker at the club? That’s not so easy to say.

  11. Andyone says:

    Torres isn’t going anywhere.. he just wants to know he is still wanted.
    I am looking forward to see two class strikers on the field at once being fed by two class midfielders in Gerard and Meireles. I think the future is bright if Kenny stays longer than six month.

    • The Gaffer says:

      That’s a pretty extreme way of seeing if he’s still wanted. Requesting that his club reconsider a bid from Chelsea and signing a written transfer request.

      Cheers,
      The Gaffer

      • Andyone says:

        Bit Like Rooney getting a pay rise.

        • Nick says:

          The difference is Liverpool isn’t Man United , Liverpool can’t afford to give Torres a Rooney-wage, if you really think this is just a request for a pay raise, isn’t it probably too late? Didn’t Tevez just try this and it ended up biting him in the ass?

          • brn442 says:

            Not exactly Nick, He’s already on 110,000 pounds a week, and Liverpool probably has more liquidity than Man U. Don’t forget, the red devils are still leveraged up to their eyes in debt

  12. Amber says:

    This is not about money for Torres. He doesn’t feel Liverpool are likely to turn things around now or in the next year. The new owners haven’t endeared themselves with their tactics in trying to sign Suarez and Adams. First ,Liverpool make a 12.5 million pound offer saying that’s what he is worth then, at the last minute with time running out on the transfer window they come up with 22.6 million. They offer 4.5 million for Adams and go back with no further offer. Will they eventually pay 10 million for Adams? One thought that Liverpool were going to be in good hands under new owners and that things were going to change for the better. Still more uncertainty even with new owners.

  13. RVPFan says:

    To me, the issue with Liverpool has never been their finishing. A world class target man Torres at their disposal, there can never be an issue with goals. Their main issue is not having that creative no. 10 attacking midfield man, feeding Torres. Look, if a striker moves, there needs to be someone providing him, otherwise the striker is pretty much like a fish in a bowl. Torres is a classic center forward that relies on through balls to him. His only weakness is not dropping deeper enough and providing for himself. He is not accustomed to doing that, and that’s not his fault.
    What he needs is someone getting the ball in the deeper territory and just providing thunderbolt pass after thunderbolt pass to him. He makes great runs, there is no doubt, but there is not enough good balls that comes to him from Liverpool midfield. I am just worried with Luis Suarez upfront, there will be too many cooks, but not enough helper.

  14. Yespage says:

    Exciting news. Suarez could open things up in a big way up field which will make it easier for him or Torres to score. Certainly not a sure thing, nothing is, but there is definitely reason to be excited.

  15. aDAM says:

    I would love for tottenham to package crouch and pavs plus money to get Fernando Torres. Come on you spurs!

  16. decker says:

    FREE FERNANDO

  17. Bobby says:

    Martin Jol had said that Suarez is best played in a 4-4-2 as a second striker. Dropping deep and help create. Even though his goal rate is phenomenal (with all the caveat about his goals coming in Eredivisie), his assists rate is also very good which is encouraging.

    Dalglish is letting his attacking players come forward a LOT more than Woy, in the Wolfs game for example: Maxi, Meireles and Kuyt often end up in front of Torres with Torres hold up the ball.

    Assuming Torres will be gone and there’ll be no more singings, Suarez might have to play up front on his own (as a straight replacement for Torres) with Gerrard or Meireles making runs. It’s possible that could work, IF he has an extremely high work rate like how Tevez did before Dezko came in. I’m not sure that having to adjust to a new league, that he would not struggle at the get go. I’m also not sure if he has is like Tevez, though Suarez did say that he likes to play like Tevez. We’ll see.

    The alternative however, is to play N’Gog up front and push Suarez out wide in a 4-3-3 replacing Maxi or Kuyt (I don’t see Dalglish switching to a 4-4-2 to be honest, he likes his 4-3-3 and our central midfield is one of the only area where we have strength and depth).

    I hope this Suarez works out, though I think it would be unfair to him to expect him to light it up and make us forget about Torres (would sure like to see him try though!).

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